The San Francisco 49ers haven’t given up on re-signing Deebo Samuel for a lucrative extension even though the All-Pro receiver initially requested a trade.
Ultimately, their efforts paid off as the 49ers and Samuel agreed to a three-year, $71.55 million contract.
The amount is right in the offers received by fellow 2019 recruits Terry McLaurin and DK Metcalf.
This also ends the drama between San Francisco and Samuel.
More importantly, the 49ers closed the deal even though a big hit is still on their books.
The 49ers have re-signed Deebo Samuel with Jimmy Garoppolo still on the books. You see, it was possible
— David Lombardi (@Lombardilimself) July 31, 2022
The Niners have been trying to trade Jimmy Garoppolo since they went with Trey Lance as their starting quarterback.
Along with moving forward with their young quarterback, San Francisco could also gain flexibility by getting rid of Garoppolo’s $24 million base salary in 2022.
Unfortunately, there were no takers for the veteran player during the offseason and the draft.
Their last window could have closed when the Carolina Panthers traded for Baker Mayfield.
The Cleveland Browns won’t be looking for another quarterback if Deshaun Watson only misses six games.
However, the team still aren’t giving up on finding a new home in Garoppolo.
But for them to pull off the trade, they could shoulder a huge chunk of his 2022 salary.
What the 49ers could have done
If the Niners go all-in on Lance, they could have cut Garoppolo early in the offseason to save some money.
With him gone, they could have used the cap space to sign Samuel earlier or give Nick Bosa the extension he deserves.
While the 49ers have exercised their fifth-year option for Bosa, it would be best to lock him into a long-term deal sooner rather than later.
Otherwise, the market could go up and they might have to create more wiggle room to keep one of their best defensive players.